Climate Change and Human Migration Series: Community Relocations in a Changing Climate – Lessons from Tuktoyaktuk (TRN5-E31)

Product code: TRN5-E31


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1.5 hours



All public servants at all levels



Rapid coastal erosion and thawing permafrost in the Northwest Territories are putting the Inuvialuit community of Tuktoyaktuk at risk of being one of the first communities in Canada needing to completely relocate due to erosion and rising sea levels.

This third event in the series will explore the climate mobility challenges that Northern communities in Canada, particularly the community of Tuktoyaktuk, are facing as temperatures increase and alter our environment. Panellists will review strategies for addressing these ongoing challenges, unpack the implications facing our governments, and share insights for mitigating community, social, health and environmental impacts.

Participants will learn more about how climate change is threatening the stability of Canada's Northern communities and discover how communities and governments are collaborating to address these threats. 

Learn more about the Climate Change and Human Migration Series.


  • Kearney Coupland, Visiting Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies at St. Lawrence University
  • Dustin Whalen, Physical Scientist, Natural Resources Canada
  • Deva-Lynn Pokiak, Community Liaison Officer, Tuktoyaktuk
  • Morgen Bertheussen, Research Associate for the Canada Research Chair in Housing, Community and Health, McGill University


  • Dr. Robert McLeman, Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University
Date modified: 2023-11-26